Harvard, Princeton Top College Rankings Again

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

When it comes to ranking the nation's colleges, Harvard and Princeton share the top spot in a widely watched list.

U.S. News & World Report, in its latest edition of "America's Best Colleges," puts Yale in third place. There's a four-way tie for No. 4: Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

Williams heads the list of liberal arts colleges while Dartmouth wins a new category that ranks commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The ranking formula takes into account factors such as SAT scores, peer reputation, selectivity and alumni giving.

The yearly report card remains a hot topic of debate among educators. While few openly embrace the idea of numerically ranking colleges, some call the rankings a helpful consumer tool. But many others consider the practice harmful for both students and colleges.

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